Last Thursday, on June 16th, our network the Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare arranged a seminar Climate smart healthcare in partnership with Medeon, Malmö Cleantech City, Medicon Valley Alliance, Energimyndigheten and Swecare.
Daniel Eriksson, the Nordic Center for Sustainable Healthcare.
Sustainable healthcare is a vast area that includes multiple questions and topics for discussion, and during the event we aimed to cover as many angles as possible. Seminars of this type are particularly crucial today when the issue of sustainable healthcare gains more importance.
One of the challenges of sustainable healthcare is the lack of a holistic approach. Many stakeholders still operate in their own silos in a specific region or country, which ponders development of the sector. The purpose of the seminar was, on the one hand, to provide businesses with a platform to show what’s on the market, to be inspired by new solutions and lay a foundation for possible collaborations, and on the other, to give procurers and authorities an opportunity to get a better overview of innovative products and solutions and meet future business partners.
Speakers from both private and public sectors took part in the discussions. Below, you can find information about the speakers and download some of the presentations (note that we couldn’t share some of them).
Daniel emphasized the importance of collaborations between different sectors and the possibilities that a sustainable healthcare solution gives the sustainable healthcare stakeholders. Could we even export it?
A situation analysis conducted at a number of southern Swedish hospitals showed that consumable materials represented 40 % of the operation unit’s climate impact. This resulted in a climate smart guide for the unit’s buyers.
Anders Raginia and Roger Engström, Siemens. ”Ingenuity for life” – smart solutions in existing and new sites / smarta lösningar i existerande och nya anläggningar.
For a sustainable healthcare system, we need to utilize all the potential on the market. Smart choices and shared platforms should be chosen over isolated solutions.
In the Jönköping region, nitrous oxide represents 30 % of CO2 emissions. The regional hospitals required a way to reduce the environmental impact of the usage of the gas. Marie spoke about the region’s experience from procuring a new and untested technology that allows for reductions of CO2-emissions from nitrous oxide.
Cloud solutions, mobile technology and flexible resources make it possible to offer global solutions with local services. It’s a Glocal Health concept!
Olof Jarlman, GH Informatics.
With the use of environmental friendly LED-lights, this company’s solutions purify water by eliminating bacteria and viruses. This means that the problem of legionella which is widely spread in hospital environments can be dealt with in an effectively and environmentally friendly way.
Pharmafilter’s waste-treatment solution is a simple, safe and clean way to process waste and waste water from the hospitals.
Tryggel has developed a system that improves life quality of elderly people who live on their own. The system monitors energy consumption of the household and informs relatives or hospital staff about the caretaker’s sleeping pattern etc, thus providing a possible solution to the problems that our society faces today because of the growing number of elderly people.
To help buyers make better decisions when procuring new products and solutions, this life-cycle cost calculator is available for free on Upphandlingsmyndigheten’s website.
There are many opportunities to get funding for energy efficiency projects, and in particular energy efficient healthcare. Moreover, the energy authority can support business development for newly started companies.
Bjørn Bauer, PlanMiljø. Copenhagen University Hospital’s work with climate and environment / Rigshospitalets arbejde med klima og miljø.
A clear structure, long-term and short-term goals and an action plan with specific activities have proven to be a success story within this climate and environment project in Denmark’s largest hospital.
Bjørn Bauer, PlanMiljø.
We thank all participants and speakers for a very interesting afternoon. We look forward to meeting you during our coming activities!
During the next network event, a study visit to Centralsjukhuset Kristianstad on September 27th, we will be able to look at some of the hospital’s energy efficient solutions, gain an unique insight to investments in sustainable healthcare, meet key persons in the process as well as have a closer look on real-life sustainability projects in a hospital environment.
Don’t forget to visit us at CleanMed Eurpope in Copenhagen on the 19-21 October. NCSH will have a parallel session with speakers from the network. Are you interested in presenting your solution at the conference? Don’t hesitate to contact us here>>
/ Linnea Turnstedt